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Obama, Fellow Dems Are At Odds On Big Trade Bills

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February 18, 2014 AT 5:50 PM
President Barack Obama wants to put major emerging trade deals with Europe and Asia on a "fast track" to congressional passage. But with midterm elections looming, many fellow Democrats are working to sidetrack them instead. At the same time, Obama has found an ally in a traditional foe, Republican House Speaker John Boehner. If ratified, the proposals — the Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Trade and Investment Partnerships — would create the largest free-trade zone in the world, covering roughly half of all global trade.